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Google Maps to Use AI to Help EV Car Owners Charge Up

Google Maps to Use AI to Help EV Car Owners Charge Up

Google Maps is getting an upgrade, focused on helping. Electric vehicle Owners continue to charge their vehicles. And the company is using. Artificial intelligence to do so.

Google said it is adding real-time details about chargers to it. Google Maps app when users indicate that they are driving an EV. Now, as they travel, EV drivers will see details about charger status, location and how many plugs are available. Google Maps will also include expected range when drivers use turn-by-turn directions, and provide suggestions based on the car's battery level.

And, if a driver is using Google to plan a trip, they can now filter hotels to see if they also have EV charging.

“Electric vehicle ownership is on the rise, which means more people are looking for ways to charge their car — whether they're on the go or planning their drive,” a Google representative said. wrote in a blog post.

These moves mark the latest way Google is incorporating AI into its products. Google for years Considered a leader in AI.Until Amazing success of OpenAI's ChatGPT About two years ago. Since then, Google has been racing to add more AI features to its apps and services, including its launch Bard chatbot, later renamed Gemini.. The company is also adding similar features. Magical editor for picturesAllows people to easily blur shots and erase unwanted objects among other things.

Google is expected to announce more AI products during this time. Its Google I/O developer conferencewhich is scheduled to begin on May 14.

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Clever Google Maps

Google said the addition of its AI to Google Maps will help power features such as summarizing user reviews for individual EV chargers. The company plans to use AI to help drivers find chargers in less obvious places, such as inside a garage or on the other side of a parking lot. Google provided an example that includes directions such as, “Enter the underground parking lot and follow the signs to the exit. Before exiting, turn right.”

Google plans to encourage users to add details about their experience as well, such as how long they waited and whether they were able to successfully charge their car.

Google said it will begin rolling out the feature for free worldwide in the coming months, starting with vehicles with Google's built-in infotainment, such as Some Volvo And Polyester models. Google added some EV-related features to its second driving assistant app, Weiss, last month.

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How will it work?

EVs now represent about 7% of new US car sales, and More than 25 percent of new car sales In Google's home state of California, these new map features are likely to become popular.

Many EV-specific capabilities will be automated for Google Maps, Google said. In some EVs a A special version of Google Maps “built-in” As far as their infotainment systems, the app allows them to monitor the car's charging status, speed and other details.

When people plan a route with an EV, Google Maps will also suggest adding charging stations along the route based on the battery's charge level, and the expected arrival time to include charging if selected. will adjust.

For those who don't have a Google-powered infotainment system, the company plans to add some of its EV features to the mobile version of Google Maps in the coming months.

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